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silverhawk1958
11-09-2015, 11:14 AM
I'm looking for V8 (Studebaker powered) truck but not a Champ, really anything prior. I'm ok with a C-cab converted to Studebaker V8 or a 55 and up that was factory V8. I'm hoping to find a daily driver, not a show truck and I'd like to be able to get it in and go without any upfront work, I already have a '58 Hawk project and want a Stude I can drive around now.

If anyone has anything for sale or knows of anything I'd appreciate any leads. I'm in central North Carolina and would drive up to a day for the right truck, shipping isn't out of the question either for exactly the right thing.

Thanks everyone.

Guido
11-09-2015, 02:06 PM
Have you sat in or driven a C cab? Depending on your stature, you may want to do that before shelling out your money.

skyway
11-09-2015, 02:11 PM
Guido raises a good point. At 6'1", and 200lbs, a T-cab is a much better fit for me.

2R5
11-09-2015, 02:15 PM
I owned both up to a month ago and there is more room in a C cab than a T cab by a long shot

studeclunker
11-09-2015, 04:28 PM
Have you sat in or driven a C cab? Depending on your stature, you may want to do that before shelling out your money.

I owned both up to a month ago and there is more room in a C cab than a T cab by a long shot

Okay... here we go again. Have a little mercy on an old man with ADHD here. C-cab stands for which models? And weren't the cabs different from '55 on? If T-cab stands for a Champ, then I can tell you from personal experience, they're tight. Without due care, I bang my head on the roof with the slightest of bumps, no knee room, and are constantly hitting the door and passenger with my elbows. What I have been told is that the larger trucks and Pickups from '55 to '64 had considerably more room.

Here's a '57 Purple People Eater for you in the Seattle area:
http://seattle.craigslist.org/est/cto/5308126920.html

2R5
11-09-2015, 04:56 PM
You are very correct studeclunker , the T cabs are tight , there is more room in the 49 to 59 models

PackardV8
11-09-2015, 05:56 PM
[FONT=comic sans ms][SIZE=3]Okay... here we go again. Have a little mercy on an old man with ADHD here. C-cab stands for which models? And weren't the cabs different from '55 on? If T-cab stands for a Champ, then I can tell you from personal experience, they're tight. Without due care, I bang my head on the roof with the slightest of bumps, no knee room, and are constantly hitting the door and passenger with my elbows. What I have been told is that the larger trucks and Pickups from '55 to '64 had considerably more room.

AFIK, the '49-64 C-cabs from 1/2t to 2-1/2t, are all the same inside. There's no more room in the '55-64 that I've ever been able to find. And yes, there's not enough leg room or head room for those over six feet. I'm 6'2" and have driven C-cabs for fifty-five years now and always feel cramped. Best thing I ever did was add cruise control for highway driving. Saves the right ankle from cramping.

jack vines

reichsrundfunk
11-09-2015, 07:35 PM
What condition are your looking for? A complete restoration or a nice one (or something in between)?? The gas station just down the road from my office has a mid 50s PU for sale $2500 but it's a complete restoration candidate. Truck is located in Flemington ,New Jersey.

-George-

Skip Lackie
11-09-2015, 07:43 PM
AFIK, the '49-64 C-cabs from 1/2t to 2-1/2t, are all the same inside.

What Jack said. With the exception of the windshield and rear glass, all 49-64 C-cab cabs are identical.

Guido
11-09-2015, 10:35 PM
What Jack said. With the exception of the windshield and rear glass, all 49-64 C-cab cabs are identical.

The dashboards changed as well(as did the instrument cluster).

jclary
11-09-2015, 11:00 PM
No criticism intended here, but it's kinda amusing that silverhawk1958 started this thread seeking a truck. Instead, the thread becomes a discussion about dimension.:rolleyes:

Seems that I'm not the only one with Attention Deficit Disorder.;)

PackardV8
11-09-2015, 11:39 PM
No criticism intended here, but it's kinda amusing that silverhawk1958 started this thread seeking a truck. Instead, the thread becomes a discussion about dimension.:rolleyes:

Seems that I'm not the only one with Attention Deficit Disorder.;)


I'm looking for V8 (Studebaker powered) truck but not a Champ, really anything prior. I'm ok with a C-cab converted to Studebaker V8 or a 55 and up that was factory V8. I'm hoping to find a daily driver, not a show truck and I'd like to be able to get it in and go without any upfront work, I already have a '58 Hawk project and want a Stude I can drive around now.

It's just that we who have been in the old car hobby for fifty years or so have seen way too may guys buy hot rods/classics/collectors without ever taking same for a long drive. As a group, buyers have gotten older, larger and less flexible. It is a positive to point out there isn't much room in a C-cab for a big guy. Now, if the OP had said, "I've driven C-cabs and love it and gotta have it." then different advice.

True story - a long time friend said, "I've always liked your Stude pickup and wanted one like it. I've found a nice one and am thinking about having it shipped here." He expected me to be cheering him on because the truck had exactly the look he wanted, but I said, "Old trucks are an acquired taste. Lets go there and drive it first." The 4-speed crash box, he absolutely couldn't shift. On the highway, the very low rear axle had the little Champion screaming. The heavy duty rear springs made it ride like a pogo stick. My friend couldn't get away fast enough, but he had been ready to send cash and might actually have bought it without driving it.

The other part of the deal is a large percentage of the questions on the Truck Forum and even here are, "I've bought this old, slow, noisy truck. How can I make it faster, quieter and more like a new one? What 21st century frame and running gear will the Stude cab bolt directly on?"

Bottom line - coming here for advice will get maybe more than asked for, but might save an expensive mistake. Wouldn't take much of a search to find a truck for sale where the builder got in over his head.

jack vines

Dan White
11-10-2015, 07:13 AM
Here is a couple:

http://cars.oodle.com/detail/1951-studebaker-pickup/3944386655-cadillac-mi/

http://www.oldcaronline.com/1949-Studebaker-Pickup-Tucson-Arizona-for-sale-ID697809.htm?utm_source=oodle&utm_medium=cpc&utm_content=oodle&utm_campaign=oodle

JoeHall
11-10-2015, 06:27 PM
I am thinking the OP knows something about Stude trucks; he is looking for a driver, and knows he wants it to have a V8. That tells me he is probably pretty savvy. If he were looking for a 6 cylinder driver, I'd be a little more concerned. ;)

silverhawk1958
11-10-2015, 08:09 PM
I do have some knowledge of Studebaker trucks. Learned to work on them helping my dad get his first Studebaker C-Cab on the road. My first car was a 1955 four dour with the 6-cylinder (another reason I'd like the V-8). I rode in and drove (and potentially broke) my dad's C-cab and later took trips in his Champ. I'm not looking to take cross country trips here, I'm looking for a truck to drive around town, to Lowe's to get lumber, and maybe feed my old machine habit by helping me pick up some craigslist finds.

We just moved and I've got my hawk back at my house so work can continue on it but I like something I can drive around now. I've got a few leads from this thread so far so thank you everyone for your thoughts and comments and if you have or know of a truck that might fit the bill let me know.

64hawk
11-11-2015, 02:45 AM
http://charlotte.craigslist.org/zip/5309309944.html

Can't beat the price!

silverhawk1958
11-11-2015, 11:41 AM
While that truck isn't what I'm looking for I would love to pick it up. But without a truck and trailer organizing a way to get it is pretty tough and would probably take too long for the current owner to be to happy.. I'd hate to see someone just take that straight to a scrap yard though, that would be a real shame. Maybe once I find a truck I'll be able to save a few like that even if it is just for parts to keep others on the road.

Robert Crandall
11-11-2015, 10:14 PM
I have someone who possibly would have been able to go get it, even though it would be an 8 hour drive, but when he got off work to see my message, the listing was gone. It did not seem like a listing that would last even a day, if it was real. Thanks for the alert. My searches for 'Studebaker' did not find that listing which did not use that name.

jclary
11-11-2015, 10:37 PM
I have someone who possibly would have been able to go get it, even though it would be an 8 hour drive, but when he got off work to see my message, the listing was gone. It did not seem like a listing that would last even a day, if it was real. Thanks for the alert. My searches for 'Studebaker' did not find that listing which did not use that name.

Before it was ever mentioned here, I had already alerted a SDC member who lives close to where the truck was. Don't know if he got it, since he has not replied to my e mail. I believe that the title of the ad only saying, "Free Truck," was the reason it lasted as long as it did. I would love to have hitched up my trailer and gone to pick it up. But with my wife having health problems, and making daily trips to visit my mother in the nursing home, I already have too many stalled projects.

That chrome bumper on the front of the truck would be worth the trip. A rear bumper, good tailgate, decent bed, would make it even better. If it has good wheels, transmission, brake drums, decent steering wheel...even better.